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Veganuary 2020 Will Save CO2 eq of 450,000 Flights and Over One Million Animals

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Veganuary has released new statistics which show that if 350,000 people worldwide go vegan for January 2020 – as the charity is expecting – it will save the carbon dioxide equivalent of 450,000 flights and more than one million animals.

These new figures demonstrate the huge impact that trying vegan for just 31 days has when hundreds of thousands of people take action. They come at the same time as Paul McCartney, global music icon and founder of Meat Free Monday, joins Joaquin Phoenix, Chris Packham, Evanna Lynch and other climate-conscious celebrities urging people to sign up to Veganuary and try vegan this January.

350,000 people refusing meat and dairy will save:

  • 41,200 tonnes of CO2eq from the atmosphere, the same as 450,000 flights from London to Berlin
  • 160 tonnes of PO43-eq (eutrophication) from waterways, the same impact as preventing 650 tonnes of sewage from entering our waterways
  • 2.5 million litres of water, which is enough water to fill an Olympic-sized swimming pool
  • Additionally, according to the Vegan Society’s Veganalyser calculations, it will save more than one million animals

“Every meat-free meal is a win for animals and the planet”

In a statement released today, Paul McCartney says: I’ve been vegetarian for over 40 years and have stayed with it because I believe that every meat-free meal is a win for animals and the planet. This is why I started Meat Free Monday with my daughters Mary and Stella, and it’s also why I support Veganuary. We’re all trying to make the world a bit better, so why not sign up, take part, give it a go, and see how you feel? It could be the best thing you ever did.”

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